The band proceeded to see some sucess with their music and graced the stage with artists such as Bo Diddley, Jr, Molly Hatchet and the members of Rusted Root. Although the flare was there, the bright lights were getting dim. The next stop for this band of gypsies was Raleigh, North Carolina. There they won over crowds far and wide. Unfortunately, the rigorous next few years of playing non-stop took its toll and the Garden saw more bandmembers finding seperate paths including his brother and founding member Corey.
With the departure of a founding member of Mother Mc Cree's Garden, Joel decided to take on the world himself. He conjured up two other musicians, ironically from the Pittsburgh area, to jam on his own creative material. With the groundwork laid down, an acoustical project named The Trace Hoja Band was developed. Playing from coffeehouses to badly lit, smoky bars, the hand drums and two acoustic guitars blew away audiences with their combination of original works as well as works of Jim Croce, Pink Floyd, and the Mamas and the Papas. Joel's strong voice and bright guitar sounds have taken him to a new musical level. From the various guest appearances to the occasional solo performance, this strolling musician finds himself moving with the music.
When he heard that his former bandmate Steve Canvas was putting his first project together after a 3 1/2 year musical hiatis he flew to California to check out the studio and hear the music. Steve took what he had learned and poored the last 3 years of his life into a wonderful tribute to life, love and the struggles of today. Falling in love with Steve's unique musical style of storytelling and of course the LA Music Scene, he immediately signed on to the Christopher's Canvas Project.
Steve & Joel have a clear picture of what they want to accomplish in their desire to play real music with a social conscious. If asked Joel will tell you, "Music is the way of the world and the world is the way of music"
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